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Color Obsession: Think Pink!

By: Danielle Clockel

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve collected some of our favorite powerfully pink rugs, fabrics, and furnishings. Check it out!


  1. Caitlin Wilson kismet rug.
  2. Custom gold-dipped tallboy dresser.
  3. Molle blush linen pillow shams.
  4. Designer Rugs pear melba rug.
  5. Romo Black Niumi fabric.
  6. Ashley Hizer “Mai Tai” painting.
  7. Pink brick subway tile.

This Weekend: Sample Sale at Balance Design

By: Stephanie Andrews


This weekend is the Candler Park Fall Fest, and in support of this community event Balance Design Studio and Gallery will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. We’re gearing up for a new season and need to make room, which means it’s sample sale time! Come visit, check out our designer deals, and chat with us. Ask us how we can help you with your home projects. From new constructions and renovations to pulling it all together, we’re here for all your interior design conundrums.


Never been to our studio before? Stop in and get to know us! We love curating local art for clients (like these abstract paintings by Ashley Hizer) and creating exclusive custom pieces, like this credenza designed by Balance Design’s Elisabeth Paulson.


If your home is feeling a bit lackluster, talk to us about it. We’ll help you select the perfect finishing touches. Custom pillows, handmade candles, and our favorite design books and magazines are ready to amp up your space. We also have a variety of petite pottery from local ceramic artist Chelsea Goff, including porcelain and raku pieces.

If you’re going to the Candler Park Fall Fest, be sure to stop by and get to know us over light refreshments. We’re here this Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th from 10am to 4pm.

Party Time, Balance Design Style!

By: Stephanie Andrews

Our grand opening party was last Thursday, and it was a hit! We had an amazing turnout of friends, clients, neighbors, and colleagues. Ashley Hizer and Michael Bryant, two of our featured artists, were on the scene to mingle and talk about their artwork. We even had a raffle with special prizes to benefit our friends in Nepal, a cause very dear to my family and I.

In addition to our amazing team, comprised of myself, Elisabeth Paulson, Verena Salmé, Danielle Cornely, and Samantha Henning, we had some additional (and much appreciated) support. Guy Salmé provided music and on-site photography, and Drew Gillespie was our star bartender. Let’s not forget my daughter, Allie, and nephew from Nepal, Kush, who handmade hundreds of (delicious!) truffles for the hors d’oeuvres table.

It was wonderful to see clients from years past as well as curious neighbors and colleagues come out to support us. I feel so incredibly blessed for such an amazing network. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.


Photography by Guy Salmé for Balance Design

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Photography by Guy Salmé for Balance Design


Photography by Guy Salmé for Balance Design

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Photography by Guy Salmé for Balance Design

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Photography by Guy Salmé for Balance Design

Balance Design Grand Opening!

By: Stephanie Andrews



It’s finally happening. We are pleased to officially announce the grand opening of the Balance Design Interior Design Studio and Gallery. After many long months of plans, renovations, and designs, we’re ready to reveal our brick and mortar studio to the world. 

Get to know our featured artists Ahsley Hizer, Michael Bryant, and Chelsea Goff. With modern abstract paintings, gold leaf photography, and refined ceramics (all made here in Atlanta), there’s something for everyone. We will also reveal our custom line of pillows and scented candles, our favorite design books and magazines, and some very special pieces to support our friends in Nepal.


We welcome all clients, friends, and neighbors to come celebrate with us. You are the ones who have made this possible with all your support over the past 12 years! Come by, have some hors d’oevres and wine, and see what we’ve been working on.

Color and Composition: Ashley Hizer’s Abstract Paintings

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By: Danielle Cornely

With the grand opening of our new design studio and art gallery fast approaching, we’re getting more acquainted with our featured artists. The first time we saw Ashley Hizer’s work, we knew she was a perfect fit for our first quarter’s look. Abstract paintings with fresh, bold colors complimented the bright and punchy colors of our custom pillows and handmade throws. The more we get to know Ashley, the more pride we feel in being able to showcase her extraordinary art. She is truly a talented artist with a passion for creating work she believes in.



1. You started your professional career as a language arts educator. What prompted you to follow your passion for painting and make a career change?

“I had always wanted a career that allowed me to express myself creatively and encourage others to do so as well. Teaching allowed me to do that and make a difference in kids’ lives. I’m grateful for the years I spent doing so, but to be honest, I still felt a creative void as the demands of lesson planning and grading essays took priority over painting. I realized that it was best to take a risk and go full-time with my art. I’m so glad I did because I realized that art can make a difference in people’s lives too.”


2. What advice would you give to others thinking about making the leap into being a full time artist?

“I would encourage them to go for it because life is short. However, expect it to take a lot of hard work and time to get the ball rolling. I had a part-time job to supplement at the beginning, and learned it does require ‘un-fun’ administrative tasks to get the business going, such as marketing and finances. At times, it can be a challenge but it is so, so worth it.”


3. Describe the process of creating an abstract painting. Do you start with a plan, or just go with the flow?

“I usually have some sort of a rough vision for a painting, such as a color scheme or a style, but sometimes I’ll simply start a project just because I want to use a certain brush. My work is always intentional, but I’ve found that I produce my best work when I don’t overthink it. However, it’s a layered and detailed process that includes lots of refining over time.”


4. You use so many sophisticated colors in your work. Which ones inspire you the most?

“Vibrant colors inspire me. It seems that almost every work has at least a hint of blue or green.”


5. How do you feel your hometown/upbringing in Southern California reflects in your work?

“I grew up frequenting the beach, so the textures, space, and colors of my artwork, for example, have always reflected that setting. My last place in San Diego, before I moved to Atlanta, overlooked downtown and the bay. The movement of the waves, swirling oranges of sunset, juxtaposition of linear lines and soft ocean curls still inspire my work. There’s many aspects of the South that aid my vision, but I’m a Californian at heart.”